“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”
― William Gibson
Why I’m Reading this Book?
This book was in the surprise bundle I received from my library. Based on my reading activities, this book was recommended to me. It is a small book, but I’m not that much into Sci-Fi. However, after renewing it for 3 times, I decided to read this.
I really can’t tell you. In some future world, protagonist who is broken (figuratively and literally) is trying to hack into an AI. For what? it was unclear. I’m not sure it was because story was like that or I couldn’t understand. All I know is that this world is very techy, machines and men are merged, and machines are on the brink of doing something (Again, don’t ask me what).
This is one of those books, where I couldn’t tell what just happened. I even forgot protagonist name. It’s 200 pages book, but there were maybe 10 pages where I could understand something. Lingo is very different and writer doesn’t try to make us understand what does he mean. For a person, who doesn’t read/watch Sci-fi much, some pages were total gibberish. Only with sheer discipline (10 pages per day rain or shine), was how I could finish it.
After this, unlike some other books, I wasn’t even interested in knowing the story. But then I checked its goodread’s reviews and they were pretty impressive , so I took the help of Wikipedia. After reading the synopsis I finally got something, but it still was not that good of a story that I would try my hand in other books in the series (This is the first). Motives of everyone is unclear, in a confusing world, a confused person with help of more deranged and confusing characters trying to do something for a person (who is unknown to him) for reasons unknown. Overall, I found this book very purposeless.
There is some talk going on to make a movie based on this book. May be that would be better, because one would understand things better visually rather than in book. However, considering the story, I’m not sure I would watch it.
My Rating — 1
On the scale of: (1- Hate , 2- Neither like nor dislike, 3- Like, 4- Love, 5- Gaga)
Why anyone else should read this Book?
If you love Sci-Fi, you can give it a go. It’s a small book if you understand what’s going on.
Also, if you want to practice your will power, you can check this book out.
“Many books are longer than they seem. They have indeed no end. The boredom that they cause is truly absolute and infinite.” – Novalis